Arsenal’s Mead wants to knock Lyon off Champions League perch

“The USA are unbelievable but I actually think by comparison the European leagues are better,” added Mead.

“I think America just have an unbelievable mindset that they are going to win, and they do, so fair play to them. We are getting closer, but it’s just small margins.”

Mead was sitting in the middle of a huge indoor articial pitch at Arsenal’s London Colney training ground where facilities for the men’s and women’s teams are shared.

And soon they may too share a stadium on big occasions.

The start to the Women’s Super League this weekend saw a record 31,000 attend Manchester City’s derby with Manchester United at the Etihad, while 25,000 saw Chelsea see off Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal’s women played at the Emirates last month in a pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich before the men’s team took on Lyon.

Mead missed that opportunity due to her late return to pre-season after the World Cup, but is desperate for another chance, which is expected to come should Arsenal progress to the later stages of the Champions League.

“I think it is showing that movement in the women’s game, that interest and clubs backing it to allow you to play in the big stadiums and hopefully try and get as many people there as possible.”

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